Photograph of theatre production with blackface actors and Oliver Howard Horner

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2 images
Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Horner, Oliver Howard, 1888 - 1939
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper on mounting board
Dimensions
H x W (Mounted): 7 × 9 in. (17.8 × 22.9 cm)
H x W (Image): 5 × 7 in. (12.7 × 17.8 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place depicted
Chase County, Kansas, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1910
Description
A black and white photograph of a theatre production. On the proper right side a boy is sitting in a chair. He is wearing a suit and tie. His legs are crossed at the ankles and his hands are on his lap. There is a boy standing behind him. He is wearing a white chef's coat and hat, and is wearing blackface. On the proper left there is a girl sitting in a chair. She is wearing a fancy white ruffled dress. Her dark hair is pulled back and is parted in the middle. Her hands are folded on her lap and she has a bracelet on her proper left arm. There is a girl standing behind her with a striped dress, an apron, and a headscarf. She is also wearing blackface. The boy sitting in the chair is Oliver Howard Horner.
Part of a doorway is visible on the proper right side. It is mostly covered by a folding screen with floral fabric. There is also a folding screen with fabric on the proper left side. There is fabric hanging on the wall in the center and there is a fake fireplace in the middle. It is made with fabric and hand drawn bricks with a hand drawn grate in the center. There is black fabric draped on top for a mantle. There are two pictures on top of the "mantle" and there is also a picture hanging on the wall on the proper left side.
The photograph is dry mounted on a dark grey board. The bottom proper right corner of the board is missing. There are several areas along the edges where the grey part of the board has peeled off. The back of the board is grey. There is a long white stain in the center at the bottom. The corners have peeled of slightly.
Topic
African American
American West
Blackface
Minstrel shows
Photography
Race relations
United States--History--1815-1861
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Tyson D. Arnold
Object number
2015.94.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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